Australia on target for gold haul

Australia is expected to continue its dominance at the Commonwealth Games with another bagful of medals on offer.

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Australia’s tally stands at 116 medals – 55 gold, 30 silver and 31 bronze and is way ahead of second placed England who has 24 gold.

With the action in the pool now over, Australia will turn its attention to the track today where a fired-up Sally Pearson returns for the first time since her controversial disqualification in the 100m final.

With her main rivals from Canada and Jamaica absent from Delhi, the Australian is a red-hot favourite in the women’s 100m hurdles, the event where she won silver at the Beijing Olympics.

Australia claimed both the men and women’s medley relays with Jess Schipper and Brenton Rickard adding individual golds.

The women’s relay win ensured Leisel Jones matched Ian Thorpe and Susie O’Neill’s record 10 career Commonwealth Games gold medals and also gave Alicia Coutts a stunning five gold medals on debut.

Australia’s tally of medals in the pool finished at 54 with 22 golds 16 silver and 16 bronze.

Our athletes also enjoyed their best day of the track and field competition with three more medals in the evening session, most notably a gold from Fabrice Lapierre in the long jump.

Sean Wroe missed a gold medal by just two hundredths of a second in the men’s 400 metres and Kimberley Mickle split two South Africans to claim silver in the women’s javelin.

And tennis has provided Australia with two more golds with Anastasia Rodionova winning the women’s singles title and Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak enjoying victory in the men’s doubles final.